He’s a guy, from Sweden

If you did a Google search for Swedish singer-songwriter Fredrik a month ago, all you’d find is a lone blog post on The Music Slut entitled “who the hell is *fredrik*?

A month later he’s way more visible – a website is up and he’s got prominent placement on sites like rcrdlbl.com.

I like his indie-folk style. It reminds me of going to summercamp when I was young – singing songs by the campfire and feeling peaceful and full of life. Also reminds me of folks like Bon Iver and Blind Pilot a bit.

Fredrik on Myspace
Amazon release: October 28, 2008

artist spotlight: Christopher David Ryan

Yesterday Bobby from Kitsune Noir tipped me off to a new (to me) artist, Christopher David Ryan from Portland, Maine. Ryan is featured in yesterday’s Desktop Wallpaper Project and has several sites where you can view and purchase his work. On his personal website he offers up a daily design with full archives, and also offers really great poster downloads (free!) for the 2008 Presidential election.

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The Daily Beast

A new discovery this week is The Daily Beast, a news site that curates – not aggregates – popular stories in the press. The Daily Beast is the brainchild of author, columnist and magazine editor Tina Brown. Although the content itself has a tendency to err on the tabloid side, it’s great to be able to quickly scan headlines and pick out snack-sized bits of multimedia content to peruse.

Check it: http://www.thedailybeast.com

Hacking the debate

Tonight I watched the second presidential debate at Current TV’s Hack the Debate, a video mashup of a live video feed combined with a text overlay of comments (aka Tweets) submitted by Twitter users. I also had Twitter’s election page running in a separate window.

While it wasn’t apparent that all Tweets submitted to Hack the Debate would appear – it would be almost impossible given the amount submitted – It was amazing how quickly Twitter picked up and posted my notes. Watching the backchannel happen in real-time was mesmerizing. The comments were thought-provoking, random, and often downright hilarious (“my friends, has anyone seen my green sweater?”).

Election coverage at Twitter

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